To Kyiv and Back

Short documentary depicting a road trip through a war torn Ukraine, focusing on Kyiv and it's surrounding areas, just a day after the Russian military retreated from there. Experience first hand the horrors and tragedies of this conflict

  • Ricardo Daniel Kauffmann Lee
  • Ricardo Daniel Kauffmann Lee
  • Ricardo Daniel Kauffmann Lee
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    Documentary, Short
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    19 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 14, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 EUR
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Director Biography - Ricardo Daniel Kauffmann Lee

Ricardo Kauffmann Lee is a Mexican/German filmmaker, born in Mexico to a German/Italian dad and a Chinese/Mexican mother. He graduated communications in 2010 in Guadalajara, Mexico; after which he worked in the audiovisual industry for the years to come. He participated in the production of films like Shuai, directed by Barbara Balsategui, which was in the Cannes official selection.

In 2015, he was awarded a scholarship to study a Master's degree in international communication at the Deutsche Welle Academy in Bonn, Germany; where he now resides and runs his own media production company.

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Director Statement

To Kyiv and Back is a personal, on the ground account of the tragedy that is the war in Ukraine. It is meant to portray first hand my experiences as a filmmaker while traveling across the country, focusing on the capital and the nearby towns to the north that were occupied by the Russian military, just a day after their liberation. The mission is to bring the horrors of war and suffering to the viewer, so they understand the suffering of the victims of this senseless war.